Read on to learn more about the picture book authors that will be coming to Book Fest!

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout, Barnes & Noble, and TF Publishing. David’s most recent publications include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools, Curious Critters, and Curious Critter Volume Two, which have won nine national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies, as well as audiobooks for both Curious Critters titles.

Before becoming a freelance photographer and author, David taught for over twenty years—first high school English and then as a university professor, having instructed at Cornell University, Ohio State, and Ashland University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.

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Discover the magic of vernal pools—wetlands that fill w/ water in spring and dry up in summer—by following the annual life cycle of spotted salamanders. From shimmering eggs to metamorphosis, these ephemeral wetlands are alive year-round, but nothing compares to the spectacular salamander dance!

 

 

 

 

Bobbie Hinman has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. The combination of her teaching experience and time spent with her ten grandchildren has made her feel right at home in the world of children’s literature. Her children’s picture books have received a total of 25 children’s book awards. Bobbie has been a speaker and presenter at numerous schools, libraries and bookstores, as well as major book festivals all across the United States and in Canada. Her articles have appeared in the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) magazine and in many blogs and interviews.

Bobbie resides in Florida with her husband, Harry, and their two kitties. They have 13 grandchildren.

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The Freckle Fairy is the story of a whimsical little fairy who flies through the sky at night. She kisses sleeping children, leaving telltale freckles behind. This rhyming book includes an audio CD of the story narration and an original song. This is the fifth book in the fairy series.

How to Create a Successful Children’s Picture Book offers easy-to-follow advice on writing successful books that children will love. Topics covered range from identifying your target audience to marketing your finished book. After selling 50,000 fairy books, I now want to share my insights and hard-earned experiences with aspiring authors.

 

Eddie Price is renowned for his energetic, educational school visits. Let Eddie bring his award-winning teaching style to your classroom! He combines his talents with safety personnel in your community to present an entertaining lesson that could save lives.

In addition, Mr. Price is a speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. His topics cover a variety of subjects, most concerning the 1812 time period covered in Widder’s Landing.

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“Little Miss Grubby Toes tries to be a good girl, but when she doesn’t obey her parents, she gets herself in trouble! One day, her mother warns her to keep her shoes on outside, because the bees are out collecting nectar. But Little Miss Grubby Toes loves to run around barefoot! She starts playing and ignores her mother’s warning. What do YOU think will happen?”

 

 

 

 

Aileen Stewart is a fun early grade children’s author, a blogger, a public Speaker, a children’s writing workshop host, freelance magazine author, and a stay at home mom. Besides being a reading enthusiast, a writing enthusiast, and recipe creator; she loves to put puzzles together, quilt, take pictures, garden, travel, Geocache, and bird-watch. Aileen is a library volunteer at my local library where she is in charge of the children’s display case.

She currently reside in lovely Shelby, Ohio with her wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, and their crazy cats Max, Daisy, and Fluffy.

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Quack the duckling and Daisy the kitten are best friends who spend most days playing in the meadow. One day, Quack decides to tell Daisy a secret. She tells her of Mama Duck’s ominous warnings to not go beyond the meadow. Will the two friends heed Mama’s words about the dangers beyond the meadow, or will their curiosity get the better of them?

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Stortz connects with parents and grandparents through her blog, social media, and author newsletter, becoming a trusted voice to help them find the best in faith-based children’s books and resources.

She lives with her husband of 40 years, Ed, in Cincinnati, OH. They have two married daughters and five young grandchildren—all boys!

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Babies enjoy books, other babies, and their own blossoming abilities. This sweet and happy board book combines all three and introduces babies to God’s love for them.
The short, rhyming text pairs with colorful images of babies engaging in familiar activities, so you can use the book as an early-learning concept book too.
The final line of the book says, “Baby’s always loved by God.” And on the last page, a mirror lets your baby answer the question “Who does God love?” each time you read the book.

 

 

 

Jessica Young is the author of the award-winning My Blue Is Happy, Spy Guy the Not-So-Secret Agent, the Finley Flowers series, and the Haggis and Tank Unleashed series.

She grew up in Ontario, Canada. The same things make her happy now as when she was a kid: dancing, painting, music, digging in the dirt, picnics, reading, and writing. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. When she was little, she wanted to be a tap-dancing flight attendant/veterinarian, but she’s changed her mind!

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Haggis and Tank’s big imaginations take them on a search for real live dinosaurs! They build a nest for dino eggs and play baseball with a triceratops. But then the ground starts shaking. Is a T-rex chasing Haggis and Tank? Or could something else be headed their way? This series is full of clever wordplay and homophones that make Haggis and Tank’s adventures even more fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Haiwang Yuan works as a web manager and writes. Apart from two dozens of professional articles, he penned a number of books, including Tibetan Folktales (Libraries Unlimited, 2015), which was named an “honor” book in the 2016 Storytelling World Awards; This Is China (Berkshire, 2010), Chinese New Year (NG, 2010); Princess Peacock (LU, 2008), which was also named an “honor” book in the 2010 Storytelling World Awards and won the the 2009 Aesop Accolade Award from the American Folklore Society-Children’s Folklore Section; and The Magic Lotus Lantern (UL, 2005).

Different Carmela is a children’s picture book, with the reading level of about elementary Grade 2-4 students.
It is a set of 12 books, each is a story of 48 pages. Their titles are: “I Want to See the Sea,” “I Want to Have a Star,” “I Want to Have a Little Brother,” “I’ll Get the Sun Back,” “I Love the Black Kitty,” “I Can Beat the Monster,” “I’ll Find Langlang,” “I Don’t Want to Be Eaten,” “I Like Her Very Much,” “I Must Rescue Beriet,” “I Am Not a Coward,” and “I Love the Saucepan.”
Each of the 12 books describes an adventure by brother and sister chickens with their lamb friend. The adventures introduce to young readers great people like Columbus, Galileo, Aesop, the Montgolfier Brothers, and Sir Lancelot – one of the Knights of the Round Table, and even Martians!
Without their even knowing it, young readers will learn from these adventurous stories how to be curious and courageous, and how to treat fairly those who look different from us.

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